Kleber Mendonça Filho, 2023, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, 93 minutes, Cert 18 (TBA)
Sun 3 December // 19:15
Brazilian filmmaker and unrepentant cinema obsessive Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, Bacurau) pays homage to the lost cinemas of his hometown, Recife, in this poetic and personal documentary.
As narrator, Filho first guides us through his family home, a place that holds significant memories, and a cinematic space that functioned as the setting for several of his films. We then travel to downtown Recife, as Filho reflects on the city’s grand picture palaces. At theaters like the Veneza and the São Luiz, Mendonça discovered a popular art form that would change his life; today, with the landscape of the city altering drastically, he surveys its empty rooms now pregnant with memories. This moving and playful film, as much about the architectural and social structures of a city as about the movies that inspire and haunt us, honors the personal spaces that are also the communal lifeblood of our urban centers.